Question: Are you prejudiced?
Acts 17:26 From one man he made all the nations, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he marked out their appointed times in history and the boundaries of their lands.
Paul goes on to teach the Athenian philosophers that God created all nations from one man. God made this man, Adam, and if all people came from this one man that God made, then we should all worship the same God. In the verses following this verse, Paul will describe why God made man and determined his times and boundaries. But before we go there, I would like to briefly talk about all man descending from one man.
In my little circle, I rarely encounter overt prejudice. Once in a while I will hear someone make a derogatory remark about a certain race, but it is rare. I like what my Pastor says, he says, “there is only one race, the human race.” That is exactly what Paul is talking about here. We are all one race and we all descend from Adam.
Just yesterday we had a guest speaker who is a missionary to India. The missionary spoke briefly about the Caste System in India, “a social structure in which classes are determined by heredity”. The missionary mentioned the Caste System is so prevalent that even Indian Christians struggle to have fellowship with each other because they are from different castes. Being from my little circle in America, it was hard to understand and I was a little shocked.
Are you prejudiced? Are our churches prejudiced? Are Christians prejudiced? Let us remember that we are all of Adam. And as believers in Jesus, we are all children of faith. Therefore, Galatians 3:26-28 says…
So in Christ Jesus you are all children of God through faith, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.
Let us not hold back the Gospel from anyone. And let us not hold back Christian fellowship from any Christian.